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Monday, July 28, 2003

:: Mines Advisory Group work in Iraq ::
The Mines Advisory Group has produced an informative photo gallery outlining their work cleaning up unexploded bombs + landmines in Iraq.

Interesting facts include:

The majority of Iraqi minefields were laid 20 years ago during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988.

Recorded casualties from landmines and unexploded bomb-related accidents since 1991 come to 7,427 injuries and 3,699 deaths (these figures were released in Jan 2003).

Figures on how many mines there are in Iraq vary between 8 to 12 million. This does not include unexploded mortars, shells, grenades and other debris of war.

Only Afghanistan + Angola are more blighted by landmines.

See here for an update released in June 2003.